The Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore takes note of the publication of the Singapore Prison Service's (SPS) annual statistics for 2018, and notes with concern the worrying increase in the number of judicial executions, which have risen from 8 in 2017 to 13 in 2018. The Embassy further notes that a majority of the cases (11) are related to drugs offences.
The Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore calls on the Singapore authorities to halt the execution of Mr. Micheal Anak Garing, to commute his sentence to a non-capital sentence and to adopt a moratorium on all executions.
Today, more than two thirds of the countries of the world have become abolitionist in law or practice which confirms a global trend towards abolition of the death penalty. Switzerland holds a principled position against the death penalty and is opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. No compelling evidence exists to show that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to crime more efficient than imprisonment. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. Switzerland will continue supporting the universal trend towards the eradication of the death penalty.
The call for applications for ThinkSwiss Scholarships 2020 is now open! A unique chance for students enrolled at Singapore universities to spend up to three months in Switzerland and redefine your research thinking at a Swiss university. Send your application until 15 January 2020.
Singapore President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared about their meetings with Swiss President Schneider-Ammann on their respective Facebook pages. Both figures highlighted the warm bilateral relations between Switzerland and Singapore in many areas, including economic, education and research.
Between Monday, 11 July, and Wednesday, 13 July, Singapore will host a state visit for a Swiss president for the first time. This is an expression of the close cooperation between the two countries and comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2017.
The European Union Delegation to Singapore issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission and the Embassy of Switzerland:The European Union (EU) and Switzerland call on the Cabinet to grant clemency to 32 year old Malaysian Kho Jabing. The EU, its Member States and Switzerland continue to call on the Singaporean authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions.
Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra is coming to Singapore for a concert. The musicians combine a classical-romantic repertoire with undaunted curiosity. They have gained an international standing that extends far beyond its home territory. Strongly anchored in Lucerne, a city with a worldwide reputation for music, the Orchestra offers a number of annual concert cycles and acts as the orchestra-in-residence of the Lucerne Theatre.
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, Minister of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, attended the Shangri-La Dialogue, on June 4-5. This was his first visit to Singapore for the Shangri-La Dialogue, the most important inter-governmental security forum of the Asia-Pacific region held annually in Singapore. During his visit, Federal Councillor Parmelin also met his counterpart Singaporean Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. The two Ministers underlined the excellent bilateral relations between our countries and both emphasized the potential for further collaboration in international cooperation and multi-lateral organizations such as ASEAN and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The key role of facilitators that both countries can undertake when international disputes arise was also highlighted as one of the fields shared by both Singapore and Switzerland. Federal Councillor Parmelin also attended the official dinner at the Istana offered by Singapore President Dr. Tony Tan.During his visit, Federal Councillor Parmelin had the opportunity to have special meetings with some other of his counter-parts, as from Canada, India, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom.Before returning to Switzerland, Mr. Parmelin met with the Swiss Community at the Ambassador’s residence.
The Swiss Folk Metal Band Eluveitie is for the first time coming to Singapore for a concert! Describing themselves as ‘the new wave of folk metal’, the musicians combine characteristics of melodic death metal with melodies of traditional Celtic music. In 2014, they won the Swiss Music Award for the ‘Best Live Act National’. Be prepared for heavy guitars and ferocious sound!
The Embassy is delighted to present Schellen-Ursli (Little Mountain Boy) by Academy Award winner Xavier Koller at the 26th European Union Film Festival 2016. The movie won the Swiss Film Award 2016 for Best Cinematography.
Event for Swiss nationals who live abroad
As an initiative of the Embassy of Switzerland, the 7th edition of the Swiss Ambassador’s Football Cup will take place on Saturday 23 April at the Swiss Club. The Cup brings junior football players from local and international schools together with the aim of fostering cultural exchange through their passion for sport.
The European Union Delegation to Singapore issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission and the Embassy of Switzerland:The European Union (EU) and Switzerland call on the Cabinet to grant clemency to 32 year old Malaysian Kho Jabing. The EU, its Member States and Switzerland continue to call on the Singaporean authorities to adopt a moratorium on executions.Whilst the EU and Switzerland do not refute the seriousness of the crime, they hold a principled position against the death penalty and are opposed to the use of capital punishment under any circumstances. The death penalty has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime. Furthermore, any errors - inevitable in any legal system - are irreversible. The EU and Switzerland will continue in their pursuit of the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.The EU and Switzerland join all of those who have asked for a review of Singapore's current policy on the death penalty.
On 17 March, Switzerland presents “Pause” by Mathieu Urfer, a romance and fun movie about a young couple who decides to put their relationship on hold. But, he will try to achieve the impossible to prove her she’s the only woman for him.